Echad Mi Yodea

Echad Mi Yodea (Hebrew:  אֶחָד מִי יוֹדֵעַ) is a traditional piyut sung on Passover and found in the haggadah. It enumerates common Jewish motifs and teachings. It is meant to be fun and humorous, while still imparting important lessons to the children present.

Recitation varies from family to family. The song first has versions in Yiddish and Hebrew, and many other vernacular languages.

Echad Mi Yodea is a cumulative song, meaning that each verse is built on top of the previous verses:

 

English

Hebrew

1.

One is our God, in heaven and on earth

אחד אלוהינו שבשמיים ובארץ

.א

2.

Two are the tablets of the covenant;

שני לוחות הברית

.ב

3.

Three are the Patriarchs

שלושה אבות

.ג

4.

Four are the Matriarchs

ארבע אימהות

.ד

5.

Five are the books of the Torah

חמישה חומשי תורה

.ה

6.

Six are the books of the Mishnah

שישה סידרי משנה

.ו

7.

Seven are the days of the week

שיבעה ימי שבתא

.ז

8.

Eight are the days of the circumcision

שמונה ימי מילה

.ח

9.

Nine are the months of the pregnant

תישעה ירחי לידה

.ט

10.

Ten are the Commandments

עשרה דיבריא

.י

11.

Eleven are the stars of the Joseph’s dream

אחד עשר כוכביא

.יא

12.

Twelve are the tribes of Israel

שנים עשר שיבטיא

.יב

13.

Thirteen are the temperaments of God

שלושה עשר מידיא

יג.

 

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